HOLLYWOOD, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The American Red Cross South Florida Region has chosen a healthcare leader and visionary for recognition as the 2012 Humanitarian of the Year, honoring Memorial Healthcare System President and Chief Executive Officer Frank V. Sacco. The award will be presented at a formal dinner Wednesday April 18, at the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood.
The Humanitarian Award is considered one of the most prestigious honors presented by the American Red Cross and has been bestowed to leaders in South Florida since 1992. A humanitarian is someone who portrays humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service and unity, according to the International Red Cross Movement, an umbrella organization of the American Red Cross South Florida Region.
“Mr. Sacco truly embodies the humanitarian principles that drive our organization," said Sam Tidwell, CEO of the American Red Cross South Florida Region. “We're all working together to try as best we can to prepare for, prevent and respond to disasters, and Mr. Sacco's support plays a tremendous role in helping us carry out that mission."
Sacco joined Memorial Hospital in 1974 and became President and CEO of Memorial Healthcare System in 1987. He has overseen Memorial’s expansion from a single hospital to a comprehensive, multifaceted network that is now the fifth-largest public healthcare system in the United States and a safety, quality and service leader in the industry. Sacco has had profound community impact, having been instrumental in meeting community needs to improve the health of vulnerable populations through his leadership role in expanding access to care throughout South Broward County. Sacco also has served in numerous other organizations with the goal of affecting positive changes in healthcare.
A Fellow and Past Regent in the American College of Healthcare Executives, Sacco is Past Chairman of Florida Hospital Association, Association of Community Hospitals and Health Systems of Florida, Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida, Hollywood Business Council, and Coordinating Council of Broward; and Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Past President. Named to many Florida healthcare reform task forces, he was on Governor Jeb Bush’s 1998 and 2002 Transition Policy Teams.
He earned his master’s degree in healthcare management at Florida International University and his bachelor’s degree at the University of Miami. He was a commissioned officer in the Army Medical Service Corps.
His honors include the National Conference for Community and Justice Silver Medallion, Miami Dade College Alumni Hall of Fame and FIU Distinguished Alumni. Recognizing his vision, the City of Hollywood proclaimed June 16, 2010, Frank V. Sacco Day, and in July 2011, the South Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners named the new Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital campus the Frank V. Sacco Campus.
About the American Red Cross
For nearly a century, the American Red Cross South Florida Region, a non-profit humanitarian organization, has helped families and individuals prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters. The American Red Cross South Florida Region offers health and safety programs, and international disaster relief, and armed forces emergency services to the residents of Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. For more information, visit www.southfloridaredcross.org or www.tucruzroja.org.
About Memorial Healthcare System
Memorial Healthcare System is the fifth-largest public healthcare system in the country. It is a national leader in quality care and patient satisfaction and is ranked on Modern Healthcare magazine’s list of Best Places to Work in Healthcare. Its facilities include Memorial Regional Hospital, Memorial Regional Hospital South, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Memorial Hospital West, Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke and Memorial Manor nursing home. For more information, visit mhs.net.
American Red Cross South Florida Region
Sofia Santana, 305-728-2511
Memorial Healthcare System
Kerting Baldwin, 954-265-3455
Director, Media Relations
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